Days Out With Dad In Kent

Dads are pretty special, and Father’s Day is a fantastic time to show them we care. But why limit the fun to just one day? With our Days Out With Dad feature create lasting memories with the old man, any day of the year!
This blog is your one-stop shop for amazing adventures across beautiful Kent. Whether you’re seeking historic experiences, thrilling animal encounters, or just a relaxing day spent together, we’ve got ideas to make your next day out with Dad truly unforgettable. By Sophie Bland 

Plenty more to do and see in Kent see our link here for Things To Do and for more events check out our What’s On section.

WHAT’S ON HIGHLIGHTS
Festivals of Fun
A range of great Festivals in Kent – find something for your dad this weekend, or buy tickets to one of his favourites coming up. Gaming festivals, food and drink specials including a sausage and cider festival. We have rounded up family-friendly festivals and music ones, and those for free. If carnivals, country shows and fayres are more his thing – we’ve got that covered, and we have the Pride in Kent 2024 events too!

Castles & Cars
The Cars At The Castle showcase at Hever Castle in Sevenoaks, you can see a range of Alfa Romeo, MG, Morgan, Lotus, Mini, Porsche and Rolls Royce from a variety of eras. On the 15th and 16th of June 2024 – for prices and more details click here.

Music & Comedy
For fathers who are George Michael fans, head to Dartford for the Fastlove show at Orchard West Theatre. InFolkestone The Carpenters Story is at Leas Cliff Hall, and at Folketone Quarterhouse DJ Norman Hay is touring with his legendary Good Times party. Head to Sevenoaks for a night of Very Santana at Stag Sevenoaks. If dad likes a laugh then Reginald D, Hunter is headlining for the Rasngate Comedy Club – on the 15th of June 2024

Wine, Beer & More
Don’t forget there’s lots on to celebrate English Wine Week in Kent – see our blog round-up for events.  Check out our Vineyard Tours & Tastings in Kent feature for a comprehensive guide to Kentish vineyards to visit.
Also see our Brewery, Gin & Vineyard Tours section to discover more places to sample the best that Kent offers.

THINGS TO DO 

Art & Culture
Tracing your family tree is a particularly unique and touching activity, mapping and visiting the ancestral locations you discover may also be a perfect chance for some quality bonding time. Perhaps a distant relative was once a servant to royalty that lived in the medieval Dover Castle, or maybe you have ancestral links to one of the many Archbishops of Canterbury that held Rochester Castle throughout the 12th Century. Other notable historic sites to visit include the beautiful Hever Castle to the notable SS Richard Montgomery wreck in the waters off the Isle of Sheppey. Whatever your ancestral links, there are plenty of historic sites and museums around Kent for the family to explore. See the Art & Culture category under Things To Do for more ideas.

Kent History
Another particularly memorable way to enjoy time together is to connect generations. Tying in with family history, perhaps Grandad lived through World War II, maybe even fighting in it – a trip to The Shoreham Aircraft Museum, the aviation links of the Barne Wallis statue in Herne Bay, or the RAF Manston History Museum may provide a truly special way to be together and to link generations. Furthermore, the variety of museums and galleries situated around Kent provides the perfect day out for any Dad (or Grandad) interested in history or art. 

Speed Of Fun
For any F1 fans out there, whatever the age, Bayford Meadows Karting offers the perfect opportunity for budding racers to test their speed, boasting an 1100m MSUK-licenced circuit and a 300m leisure track along with both adult and junior karting offered. Alternatively, book in at Brands Hatch Driving Experience in Sevenoaks to give your Dad a chance to race in rally cars, 4x4s and more. Additionally, a professional could take the wheel. Whatever your Dad’s racing dreams, these unique driving experiences are bound to make a Dad’s day out amazing.

Retail Revenge
Thinking about all the hours Fathers have traipsed around after their kids in shopping centres, footing the bill and saying the right thing about the newest trending shoes, it’s only right that they get some retail revenge. If you’re planning on treating him, the many shopping centres around Kent provide the perfect opportunity whatever his style or interest. Both Lakeside and Bluewater boast over 300 shops, with Ashford Designer Outlet being the perfect place for a discount, as well as having over 90 stores and 14 restaurants. See our Shopping category under activities for more places to shop.

Adventure & Unique Experiences
Plenty of different activities too to choose from, from axe throwing, flying experiences,  balloon flights and lots more adrenalin fun.  See our Activities category and the Adventure & Unique Experiences filter for lots more ideas, including balloon rides, helicopter tours, aeroplane adventures and lots, lots more. Our 18 Adventure Activities In Kent feature is the perfect round-up of adrenaline-inducing experiences for all the family.

If you’re a beach-loving family instead try Viking Bay a timeless beach with a tidal pool, children’s rides and a variety of great eateries and bars within walking distance, including arcades and shops. Alternatively, visit the beautiful Botany Bay for its stunning scenery, Folkestone’s Mermaids Beach for exploring, or the historic Reculver Beach for its tranquil atmosphere, as well as the historic and navigational significance of the Reculver Towers.



What A Waterworld
If the sea isn’t quite enough for you, the unique water sporting activities around Kent also provide the perfect day out for any family wanting to combine relaxing in the warm weather with sporty fun. Oyster Coast Watersports in Whitstable is home to a variety of activities and is the perfect trip for any active family. Try your hand at paddleboarding or sailing, or even hire kayaks by the hour. If instead, you’re looking for the ultimate water-themed day out Lakeside AquaPark is a must-visit. The park has over 30 inflatable obstacles, including giant slides, blast bags, and balance beams, guaranteeing a fun-filled day out for all the family to enjoy and remember. Bewl Water in Tunbridge Wells has lots of watersports activities too, as does St Andrews Lakes in Rochester.

With a strip of sun over a sea a man throwing a young child in a dress in sky. The are like they are dark. For Days out with Dad feature

Animal Attractions 
For any animal-loving families out there, the range of wildlife parks around is sure to provide a memorable experience with Dad. See our Animal Experiences In Kent feature packed full of animal farms, falconry experiences, conservation centresand lots more. Want to treat him to an overnight stay with a difference then see our Top Unique Animal-Themed Stays in Kent blog – with safari and sleepovers!

Tours and Trips
Another engaging and active idea is cycling tours, with a range of bike tours, or bikes for hire available around Kent with a variety of different experiences on offer. all over the county – whether for cycling tours, themed trails or city quizzes there’s something for everyone. Search under our Tours & Trips section and filter for the right trip for him and you!

Kids See Kent
We all know some Dads love Golf, but rather unfortunately hauling very little ones along to an 18-hole course might not be the best decision for peace and harmony. If you’re looking for a more family-friendly option whilst still wanting to appreciate Dad’s favourite hobby, the variety of mini-golf available around Kent will surely take your fancy. For an immersive experience involving jungles, dinosaurs, fire tiki and more, visit Lost Island Adventure Golf in Margate. Located inside the Flamingo Arcade it provides fun for the whole family, regardless of age, in a great location perfectly placed for a full family day out. If you’d rather golf in the sun, instead try out Mr Mulligans Adventure Golf. The course is dinosaur-themed, and there is also a range of food and drink available.

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